Thanks to the post I made on the Oppo FB page about how this (see video) makes me want to puke and I would rather have a Urraco, I am now making a post on the Urraco.
The Urraco was a 2+2 sports car designed by Gandini while working under Bertone and was introduced at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. Some early production issues delayed the car’s release for sale, but by 1972 the car entered the market.
Built to fight other cheaper GT cars like the Dino and non turbo 911, the Urraco was priced below the mighty Miura. The Urraco started off with a single cam 2.5 liter V8. This little V8 made 220 hp and 166 lb-ft, giving you a 0-60 time of 8 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph.
After two years, Lamborghini upgraded the Urraco with a more powerful V-8 to make the P300. This engine featured dual overhead cams and hemispherical combustion chambers bringing 265 hp and 203-lb.ft. to your right foot. That boost was enough to drop the 60 MPH dash below 7 seconds and to break 150 MPH, all-in.
Two additional engine variants were offered: The American market Urraco was designated P111, and the Italian market version was called P200. Thanks to the US safety and pollution regulations, the 5 MPH bumper-equipped, federalized SOHC 2.5-liter 1975-’76 model wore four Solex carburetors and made 180 hp, barely enough to crack a 10-second run to 60. A mere 21 were reportedly built, and they cost $22,500—roughly equivalent to $100,970 today. Italy’s SOHC P200, of which 66 were made, displaced 2.0 liters to avoid that country’s hefty displacement tax, and offered 182 hp.
Between the fuel crisis making sports cars less sought after, internal financial, leadership and labor struggles at Lamborghini during this time, and other super car manufacturers making cheaper high end sports cars, the Urraco’s time ended with the 1979 model year. The run ended with only 776 units ever being built, but is paved the way for future cheap fun Lamborghinis like the Silhouette and the ever beautiful Jalapa.